Do you really need a car of your own?

Do you use your car every day? Every week?

If you donít need to use your car regularly, it can be cheaper to share and there are benefits for the environment too.

In February's blog post, read about three different solutions as described by members of Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Our three stories include:

  • Liz shares a car with friends - splitting the cost 50-50 is practical and saves money
  • Anne has joined the car club Zipcar - she wasnít using her car enough to justify the cost and hassle
  • Dave and Ceri use a national car hire company for occasional long trips.

Transition Cambridge Community Survey

Please spare a few minutes to fill in this survey.

We've teamed up with a team of 5 Cambridge University students as part of this project to help us broaden our reach and engage more people. We want to find out a bit more about you - our members - and what you think of our activities

Whether you are a seasoned member, have been to a few events, or get our newsletter but haven't actually met us yet, we would like to understand more about you and what you think we should be doing. You will also have a chance to win £20 in a prize draw on 17th March - open to everyone who gets our newsletter and complete a survey.

Romsey Community Garden needs a new coordinator

The current coordinator has moved further out of town, so we're looking for a new coordinator to help shape the garden over the next year or two.

There is a dedicated team of locals who do their best to keep everything looking nice. So far, we've focused on fruit trees and bushes, vegetables, and flowers, while maintaining a grassy area in the middle for picnics and bonfires. Where possible, we've tried to follow permaculture principles.

If you might be interested in taking this on, please contact Sarah for a chat.

Join the Energy Group!

One of the largest sources of greenhouse emissions is the way we get out energy. Through actions like reducing energy consumption, purchasing more efficient equipment and installing renewable energy infrastructure, we can move towards a low carbon future. Here are some suggestions from energy group members on what can be done to save energy.

The energy group meets monthly for discussions on energy related topics and everyone is invited. Also there is lots of advice on our web pages here.

Make a donation!

As many of you know, we run on a shoe-string budget, and we generally find that we can do a lot with very little money at all.

However, there are some basic costs we have to meet each year, and we'd be very grateful for your donations.

We have set up a local giving account as an easy way to donate, or you can donate via bank transfer or cheque (details here). Donating via Local Giving means that your donation can also have Gift Aid applied. Thank you!

Volunteer vacancies

Are you a budding photographer, journalist or event coordinator? Have a few hours to help out and meet great people like you? We always have opportunities for you to get involved over here on our volunteering page. If you want to get involved, have a volunteer opportunity you want to advertise or have heard about and want to share with the community, simply e-mail us

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Recent News


Your questions for our future mayor

This year's elections are especially interesting because we have to select the first mayor of the Cambridgeshire/Peterborough devolved administration. What do we want them to do? This mayor will have considerably more power than our current councils have including budgets for infrastructure, housing and transport. (See Smarter Transport's briefing here.)

We will have the opportunity to challenge the candidates at a number of hustings prior to the election starting with the one at ARU on 31st March Do you have suggestions for questions we should ask? Please let us know if you do. Important topics could include transport, land use, biodiversity, skills - what do you think?
20 Mar 2017

Transition Survey - You did it!

A huge thank you to everyone who filled in our Community Members' Online Survey over the last 3 weeks, we had over 100 responses and have discovered some illuminating information about why you are attracted to Transition Cambridge and what activities and interests you'd most like to engage with. Our Student SIP Team put in a phenomenal amount of work and have produced a very useful and worthwhile report, as well as some great suggestions for helping us to build on the successes and achievements of the last few years. Stay tuned for more on this in the coming months! We also have a lucky £20 winner, who has been contacted, and hope to formally announce this in due course. Thanks again, and hope to see you at one of our gatherings soon!
20 Mar 2017

Reasons to be Optimistic

Nicola Terry gave a short talk as part of the Optimistic Show and Tell event at the Science Festival. Her talk was based on the blog post here and it was about the fact that even though the media tends to bury it there really are good news stories around about climate change, and people doing good things - with examples from Cambridge. The other talks at the event were enormously diverse and covered a wide range of topics including the various sort of beans are being growing locally for humans to eat (not just cattle food), the power of crowd source science in conservation programs and the extraordinary number of species you can find even in an urban garden. There are lots of reasons to be optimistic!
20 Mar 2017
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Upcoming events


Saturday 8th April: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

Trumpington allotments 10:00-13:00 add to google calendar
Join Dave Fox again at Trumpington allotments. Novices and experienced growers all welcome - this is a mutual sharing, not a lesson:) Provisional agenda: plant more potatoes, harvest anything that's ready, sow carrots, prepare beds for later sowings, take a look at the forest garden - a chance to compare perennials with annual crop plants. Take some produce home with you (please bring bags). Join in here. More...
From: Transition Cambridge Food Group

Saturday 22nd April: Stall at Earth Optimism day Solutions Fair

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St, Cambridge CB2 3QY, UK 10:00-18:00 add to google calendar
Cambridge Conservation Initiative is celebrating Earth Optimism Day with a programme of talks (including Jane Goodall and Steven Pinker) and a Solutions Fair with over 70 organisations taking part. Transition Cambridge Energy Group will have a stall in the Bright Ideas section, along with others including Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership, Cambridge Solar (for solar panels and battery storage) and Anglian Energy Solutions (for heat pumps) and of course the repair cafe advertised seprately. Please do drop in, say hello and browse the fair. More...
From: Qeng Ho Ltd.

Saturday 22 April 2017, exact times and venue to be confirmed: Repair Cafe at the Cambridge Earth Optimism Day

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St, Cambridge CB2 3QY, UK
Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who can fix things. Experienced volunteer repairers at the 'Solutions Fair Repair Cafe' at the Cambridge Earth Optimism Day will be pin-pointing faults, repairing where possible and teaching basic repair skills. Gadgets, electronics, toys, bikes, clothes, household items and appliances all welcome. This is a free event. We welcome donations to help us cover costs.

Please book in advance. Booking opens late early April.
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